French Vocab

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Prendre: to take

Hi Working on 17.6: Verbs ending in -dre The explanation says 'Unlike the previous verbs ending in « -dre », « prendre » will lose its « d » as shown below:' when in fact it looks as though it's the 'r' that's missing rather than the 'd' ie prendre become...

3 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - October 9, 2019

Pronunciation -- jus versus jeu -- 1.4 I cannot seem to ever say "jus" correctly

In every part of lesson 1.4, whenever the phrase "Je voudrais un jus" comes up, no matter how I say it, Rocket recognizes it as "Je voudrais un j‍‍e‍‍u‍" ... what the heck am I doing wrong?

3 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - August 21, 2019

Download Phrases from the Extra Vocabulary Section?

Hi It's great that I can download the conversations and lessons from the interactive audio lessons. But is it possible to download the individual phrases or words underneath the "Extra Vocabulary" section? Thanks Robert

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - July 25, 2019

celui or ceux in lesson 19.1

I have a question regarding lesson 19.1. Is the sentence: « Non, je vais aux musées aussi, surtout celui des beaux-arts » correct? Specifically, why is it 'celui' and not 'ceux' as it appears to refer to 'musées' and should be plural? The English is "No, ...

3 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - July 23, 2019

Word « particulièment » in lesson 18.7

Lesson 18.7 starts with the sentence:  « Salut et bienvenue une nouvelle fois pour une leçon de français particulièment savoureuse. »  "Hi and welcome back to a particularly tasty Rocket French lesson!" Should it be « particulièrement » ? I've checked th...

5 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - June 19, 2019

Pronunciation of "il (or elle) vend"

Salut Peter--252 ! Merci pour votre question ! There is indeed a subtle pronunciation difference between il vend and ils vont.  With il vend, the sound is flatter, reflecting the e; with ils vont, the sound is rounder, reflecting the o - in fact, as you...

3 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - April 25, 2019

eu - pronouncing past participle of avoir

I am at lesson 10.8 on past participles.  Just the name of the lesson gives me a headache, but when I try to conquer sounding of eu, the past participle of avoir, I feel like shooting myself in the head.  I had laughed enough in the past watching old fren...

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - April 16, 2019

“Besoin” pronunciation

Bonjour! A very quick question - In lesson 1.4 Ordering things in French we are taught the us of “J’ai besoin de..”.  My query is that Paul and Claire pronounce the “e” in  besoin differently. Paul pronounces it as “eh” whereas Claire pronounces it as “uh...

2 replies - Last post by VonJ - February 3, 2019

Hear it, say it

How do I get it to bring up the next phrase or word to say?

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - October 26, 2018

How doen one make thier own flashcards?

How does one make their own flashcards?

1 reply - Last post by EdgarA5 - August 5, 2018

noun gender

Bonjour à tous! Thank you very much for discussing this, this is a comment I have seen more and more of, so I am going to send it along to our team and see if we can't get this incorporated into our course. Merci bcp! Marie-Claire

4 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - June 19, 2018

vocab without the pronouns

I want to know the pronouns (whether the object is feminine or masculine) in my vocabulary list or any time new vocab is presented to me.... is there an option to activate it or is that something this course doesn't offer?

0 replies - Last post by emiG4 - June 11, 2018

Vocabulary List

I would like to empty my vocabulary list.  Is there a simple way to accomplish this without clearing all of my completed lessons?

0 replies - Last post by Norina-P - April 4, 2018

voice playback problem

After about half an hour of the lesson my voice recordings playback gets faster and faster with crackling noises in the background. This happens every time I use the lessons. It starts out OK. I can't really compare my recording to the instructor so just ...

0 replies - Last post by BarbaraH15 - March 30, 2018

silly question about 'going to work'

A phrase that has appeared several times: 'je vais travailler aujourd'hui' which translates as 'I'm going to work today' and often is next to a picture of someone getting on a train. It's ambiguous (in English at least), how would you differentiate be...

1 reply - Last post by toru e - January 29, 2018

rajouter and ajouter

Is there any difference in usage between rajouter ('to add') and ajouter (also 'to add') ?

2 replies - Last post by Peter--252 - October 29, 2017

word distinction

Please, what is the difference between "tous" and "tout"? Don't they both mean "all"? Thank you.

1 reply - Last post by toru e - August 29, 2017

Is there a way to change user profiles if you all have the same email address?

I enrolled my daughter into French and American Sign Language. My other daughter would like to learn Spanish and American Sign Language. I would like to learn Italian and American Sign Language. As my children are young, we all have the same email address...

1 reply - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - July 20, 2017

C'est prenant?

Bonjour, J'imagine que "prenant" en anglais, c'est demanding, serious, time-consuming... pas exciting. Est-ce que l'expresson de traduction avait fait une erreur? La leçon 17.4 Working life   Jean Qu'est-ce que tu fais dans la vie Julie ? What do y...

5 replies - Last post by Sue--114 - July 16, 2017

Une fiche/feuille de paye

Bonjour Diane, Let's start with the difference between 'paye' and 'paie'. To be honest, there is very little difference between the two, except for maybe a slight difference in pronunciation, yet both are widely accepted. Sometimes it may be viewed as a ...

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - May 14, 2017

French flash cards.

Bon jour...  I'm trying to find a set of French flash cards to carry with me.  Are there any suggestions on which is the best, I see a few different types.  Merci Beaucoup. Richard....

2 replies - Last post by Gettysburg702 - January 29, 2017

Flash cards and games

How do I access flash cars and games?

1 reply - Last post by Diana-S1 - January 16, 2017

Thank you for lunch?

Merci pour le déjeuner.

1 reply - Last post by Mark-G1193 - September 26, 2016

Plus

If  "Il y a plus de lait dans le frigo" means there is no milk in the fridge, ie. dropping the "ne" how do you say there is more milk in the fridge. I did think you used encore but that doesn't quite fit.

1 reply - Last post by toru e - June 9, 2016

My vocab still not working properly

Hi bolletjeb,  I apologize for the delay in getting back to you about this issue; it should have been resolved by now; please let us know if you continue to have problems! Cheers!

1 reply - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - June 3, 2016

where is the Rocket Scheduler on the dashboard?

I need this to be more organized.  Thanks! Harry Cooksey

1 reply - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - February 24, 2016

sans doute vs sans aucun doute (5.6 Part 1 and 5.7 Part 2)

M-L, you might find someone to practice your French all over the web, for example on www.italki.com. It has paid lessons but you can also find native speakers for free. There are thousands of French natives in the world who are willing to help.  You only ...

26 replies - Last post by toru e - February 22, 2016

voice recognition of spoken numbers

does anyone else have problems with voice recognition of numbers. I have got my french neighbour to say numbers and still it only shows 25 or 50%

1 reply - Last post by toru e - February 22, 2016

Golf clubs

Merci bien!

2 replies - Last post by smccarth4535 - February 15, 2016

carafe d'eau

In fact we call these sport or hiking water jugs "gourde" . A "bouteille" is just exactly a bottle, and a "carafe" a carafe (actually I didn't know the word existed in English). So you'd say: - Est-ce que je peux remplir ma gourde ? (If you don't specif...

3 replies - Last post by floribon - February 9, 2016

FlashCards: what is the difference between Est-ce que and pouvez vous

I was doing the FlashCards (By the way RF I love FlashCards). The question was, "Can you understand me?" I had 2 answers in my head, polite and informal - Pouvez-vous me comprenez ? Peux-tu me comprendre ? The correct was Est-ce que vous me comprenez ? I...

4 replies - Last post by M-L - February 9, 2016

Ça te dit ? What do you think?

3.3 Going into town or Aller en Ville In the conversation between Paul and Claire when Paul said, Ça te dit ? and the English translation was "What do you think?" Being a beginner I would have used what do you say (dit)  instead of think. ...

7 replies - Last post by M-L - February 4, 2016

le mieux vs le meilleur

Haha, yeah I think this is one of those "think in French" things too, because in English, we use the same "superlatives", so we don't necessarily think about how it's being used. :)

7 replies - Last post by Nicholas-R18 - February 3, 2016

5.1 Buying a bottle of wine souhaitez-vous vs voulez-vous translation

Souhaitez-vous goûter un autre vin ? Would you like to try another wine? Voulez-vous goûter un autre fromage ? Would you like to try a different cheese I would have translated the first as is but for voulez-vous I would have translated Do you want to t...

4 replies - Last post by M-L - January 11, 2016

cacahuetes and accent grave, module 4, Food/survival kit

A peanut butter and jam sandwich - it was presented as un sandwich au beurre de cacahuetes et confiture. I think there should be an accent grave for peanuts, cacahuètes. When I do the tests and if I missed an accent the answers will always prompt me to my...

4 replies - Last post by M-L - January 8, 2016

prochainement vs bientôt lesson 4.6

When should I use prochainement and bientôt? Any nuance or just for the purpose of learning new or another vocab of the same meaning?

4 replies - Last post by M-L - December 29, 2015

ticket vs billet

3.4 Going on The Tram ou à Bord du Tramway: Is there a difference between ticket and billet in public transportation term aside from the lesson? Beginner question again.

1 reply - Last post by toru e - December 10, 2015

au bout vs à la fin

I am working on 2.8 Where am I? Part 1 test: KNOW IT - The question was "At the end" and to give the answer in French for which I answered "à la fin" but the correct answer was "au bout". What is the difference and without context how does one know? 

4 replies - Last post by M-L - November 17, 2015

French Vocab

The vocab in the old system was assorted Alphabeticaly which WAS GREAT, just like a private dictionary. Am I the only one that is so unhappy by the new system that assort them chronologically???? It doesn't make any sense. My spelling in French is very ba...

1 reply - Last post by jason-oxenham-ceo - November 11, 2015

Lost Dashboard and My Vocab

Anybody else lost their "my vocab" and also the Dashboard. Tony

2 replies - Last post by jason-oxenham-ceo - October 20, 2015

Mt Vocab

Anyone else lost most of their "My vocab" since the new system came in ?

1 reply - Last post by jason-oxenham-ceo - October 18, 2015

Difference please

What is the difference between: je dois aller... and je dois me rendre...? Also, what is the difference between: un morceau... and un bout....? Thanks!

2 replies - Last post by Luis-P15 - October 1, 2015

Shortened pronunciation of 60, 70...?

Hi Michael - The "regular speed" pronunciation is more like SWAH-zn-T (60) and SWAH-zn-TDEEHZ (70), but Eric pronounces the 'zn' part quite glided. There's  also an enchaînement to the next word that follows the "te" of soixante (true for other numbe...

5 replies - Last post by jason-oxenham-ceo - August 4, 2015

help with expresions please

I agree with Diana, I'm unclear on an "other" meaning also. The sentence pretty much means, "Will this/that work as it is?" or "Will this/that work like this/that?", so the variations previously mentioned (Does that work for you?, Will that do?) all rough...

4 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - July 28, 2015

How to Pronounce maintenant

In Lesson 7.1, in the lesson's Interactive Audio, at 19:41 minutes, Paul states that the French word for "now"  is "maintenant" and then asks, "Where is it snowing now?"  Claire answers, "Où neige-t-il maintenant?"  When I heard Paul, ...

1 reply - Last post by toru e - June 24, 2015

Greetings

So Salut is like the italian Ciao? That you can use for say hello and good-bye?

4 replies - Last post by toru e - June 20, 2015

My name is Charity

Does anyone know how to say my name "Charity" in French? Thanks!

3 replies - Last post by CherryFrench - June 5, 2015

The article in front of a noun

Hi Ruth-Anne, Sometimes French does not call for an article to be placed in front of the noun. ex. Je suis vendeur. I am a salesman. or Je suis vendeuse. I am a saleswoman. As you see in this case the noun itself changes from masc to fem. In most cases ...

2 replies - Last post by Diana-S1 - June 1, 2015

Neuf or Nouveau and Nine

Salut, I am working through Section 2.7 and came across Quoi de neuf?  In my mind I thought "What's Nine" but clearly that doesn't make sense.  In looking at the translation it's "What's New"?  Why isn't it "Quoi Nouveau".  Or more sp...

2 replies - Last post by Dan-S45 - May 29, 2015

Numbers

Just looked at some numbers I got from French Language Blog and 80 was simply quatre-vingts which is much easier to remember than quatre-vingts ou Huitante!

5 replies - Last post by toru e - March 17, 2015

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